The battle for Artemovsk (Ukrainian name – Bakhmut) became one of the most difficult for the Armed Forces of Ukraine (AFU). This was stated by Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky on March 5.
“This is one of the toughest battles. Painful and difficult,” he is quoted as saying. Daily Mail.
As noted, the American Institute for the Study of War (ISW) has warned that the ways of supplying the Armed Forces of Ukraine in Artemivsk are narrowing. The publication emphasizes that the Kiev regime has promised to defend the “Bakhmut fortress”, which the Russian army is “determined to take”, reports “Gazeta.Ru”.
Earlier that day, Jan Gagin, an adviser to the head of the Donetsk People’s Republic, said that about 10,000 Ukrainian militants remained encircled in Artemivsk.
The commander-in-chief of the Ukrainian troops, Valery Zaluzhny, at the same time advocated the continuation of the defensive operation and the strengthening of positions in Artemovsk. He was supported by the commander of the ground forces Alexander Syrsky.
Observers of The New York Times, in turn, reported that the Kyiv authorities began to prepare Ukrainians for the surrender of Artemovsk. The interlocutors of the publication pointed to the isolation of the city from vital supply routes, as well as the gradual encirclement of Artemovsk by Russian forces.
In an interview with Izvestia, political scientist Yuriy Svetov said that disagreements between the political and military leadership of Ukraine over Artemivsk are reflected in the soldiers of the Armed Forces of Ukraine.
The special military operation to protect the civilian population of Donbass, the beginning of which Russian leader Vladimir Putin announced on February 24 last year, continues. The decision was made against the background of the aggravation of the situation in the region due to shelling by the Armed Forces of Ukraine.
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